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RESERVED for Saran: Antique Turn of the Century Hindu Bronze Chola Style Statue 'Shiva Bringing Goddess Ganga to Earth'

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Striking antique late 19th/early 20th century Hindu Chola style solid bronze three dimensional statue depicting Shiva bringing the goddess Ganga to Earth. This unusual representation features Shiva descending to Earth head first surrounded by a prahabhamandala, a fiery ring which symbolizes the cosmos and all its inherent illusion, suffering and pain. Shiva guides Ganga, the goddess representing the sacred Ganges River, to Earth and prepares to cushion her fall with his abundant hair.

Shiva's hand is raised in the abhaya-mudra or “fear not” gesture while one of his other hands crushes the demon, Apasmara, who represents human ignorance. The god's other two hands hold objects which represent creation (symbolized by a drum) and destruction (symbolized by fire). The composition of the statue is pleasingly balanced and and has a lot of decorative appeal. The piece has acquired a lovely patina over the years and displays beautifully.

This substantial antique statue is in excellent vintage condition with no missing pieces or repairs. The statue is well constructed using the ancient "lost wax" method and therefore has no screws or bolts affixing the statue to its base. As the piece is composed of solid bronze, it is quite heavy, weighing in at just over 6.7 pounds. It measures 13" in height and is just under 11" across. The long side of the elliptical base is 5.25" wide while the shorter side is 3.75" wide. As seen in the photos, there are some small flecks of white paint present on the item which could be removed by the new owner if desired - the statue has been left as I found it.

This captivating statue is a great find for devotees of Hinduism or fans of exotic vintage art - really a fine example of craftmanship.

US buyers - due to the value of this item, insurance and signature confirmation service are included in the price.

Layaway and international shipping are available ~ please contact me for terms and shipping quotes. To see additional quality vintage discoveries, view my complete collection at http://www.etsy.com/shop/birneycreek


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In the unlikely event that an item is damaged in shipment, please notify me immediately upon receipt of the parcel and I will provide you with information regarding filing a claim with USPS or with the shipping agent in question. Do not return items damaged in shipping before contacting me as doing so will void shipping insurance terms.

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RESERVED for Saran: Antique Turn of the Century Hindu Bronze Chola Style Statue 'Shiva Bringing Goddess Ganga to Earth'